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Director: W. Galush


Roman Catholicism is as small in its origins as a score of Israelites and their leader and as vast today as one billion members scattered across the globe, joined together by a set of shared beliefs and practices. It has been the dominant cultural force in Europe for more than a thousand years, the source of intellectual and creative explosions as well as repressions of thought and expression.

As the foundational and sustaining spirit of Loyola University Chicago, Roman Catholicism cannot adequately be studied through the lens of any one academic discipline, any one ideological orientation. The Catholic Studies Undergraduate minor, therefore, is multidisciplinary. The programís faculty reflect diverse academic specialties and beliefs, and it seeks to enroll students from different faith traditions. Courses are drawn from the social and physical sciences, history, literature, philosophy, and theology.

Requirements for the Minor

The minor consists of 18 semester hours (six courses) from the list below. No more than two courses from a single academic discipline may be applied toward the minor. Also, students may take no more than four courses pertaining to the historical period before 1500 A.D. Students will confer with the program director to determine their courses and sequences of courses.

All minors must attend a regular capstone event. Each graduating senior will be responsible for a presentation expressive of the integration of knowledge he/she has achieved in the program. Each candidate will submit a paper of reflection that speaks to his/her experience.

Courses of Instruction

300. Special Topics in Catholic Studies
Special topics cross-listed courses that focus on areas within Catholic studies that are not included among the courses listed below.

395. Directed Readings
An independent program of reading and research developed in consultation with a supervising faculty member and the CATH director, culminating in a major project or paper.

The following courses are cross-listed with Catholic Studies and other departments and programs. For complete descriptions, see the course listings of originating departments. Additional topic and theme courses in various departments also are cross-listed when appropriate.


Medieval Culture. (ENGL 279) (MSTU 304)

321. English Literature: The Medieval Periods. (ENGL 320) (MSTU 308)

Chaucer. (ENGL 322) (MSTU 316)


301. Catholics in America. (HIST 300, variable topic)

302. Religion and Popular Culture in Europe. (HIST 300, variable topic)

Modern Languages and Literatures

312. Dante: The Divine Comedy. (ITAL 312)


305. Medieval Philosophy. (PHIL 305) (MSTU 344)

307. 13th and 14th Century Philosophy. (PHIL 307)

320. The Philosophy of St. Augustine. (PHIL 320) (MSTU 346)

396. Seminar in Medieval Philosophy. (PHIL 396)


105. Church in the World. (THEO 105)

106. Theology of the Sacraments. (THEO 106)

179. Roman Catholicism. (THEO 179) (RCS 279)

180. Hermits, Virgins & Martyrs. (THEO 180 variable topic) (MSTU 354)

181. Christianity Through Time. (THEO 181) (RCS 281)

315. Mary and the Church. (THEO 315)

317. Christian Thought: Ancient and Medieval. (THEO 317) (MSTU 360)

345. Roman Catholic Social Thought. (THEO 345)

379. Ecumenism in the Twentieth Century. (THEO 379)

393. Seminar. (THEO 393)

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